I believe that mother nature has an answer for everything. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils, teas, honey and most of your kitchen cupboard can all be as equally beneficial on the skin as the inside of your body. I have bought my share of beauty products over the years, some which I have paid hundreds of dollars for (yikes!), and still I have found (for those of you who know me, my skin is a testimonial) that basic natural ingredients found in your own home can offer the best results.
Here are four fabulous facials you can make and use in the comfort of your own home that will have your skin glowing and radiant for days on end. 1-2 times a week is ideal for scrubs or facials, not more!
Perfecting Papaya and Lemon Juice
Skin type: Prone to break outs, Uneven tone, Combination
Papaya has been used as a beauty remedy for the face and body for decades. It is filled with alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliate the skin (removing the dead skin cells) and it’s famous for its brightening and whitening effects. Lemon juice adds the extra punch with its ability to lighten the skin, dissolve breakouts fast and clear out black heads.
Mix 1/2 cup blended papaya with the juice of one lemon. Apply and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse will cool water and moisturize as needed.
Cleopatra’s Milk, Honey and Oatmeal
Skin type: All, Normal, Combination
They say that Cleopatra’s secret to her beautiful skin was her daily milk baths. Whole milk (ie full fat) has incredible cleansing and softening properties while helping to shrink pores. Honey is natural humectant (keeps moisture locked into the skin) while oatmeal naturally moisturizes and exfoliates to bring out those new skin cells for that youthful glow.
Mix 1/2 cup of milk, 1 cup Oatmeal and 1-2 tablespoons of honey. Apply and gently rub in small circles for a few minutes all over the face and neck. Leave on the skin for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water and moisturize as needed.
‘Clear me up’ Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Rosewater and Lemon Juice
Skin type: Oily, Mature
Cucumber contains the trace mineral silica that rejuvenates your skin and strengthens the connective tissues to help maintain elasticity and combat wrinkles. Aloe Vera aids in cell renewal while rose water and lemon juice have antioxidant properties and tighten the skin.
Blend 1 small cucumber with 2 tablespoons of fresh gel from an Aloe Vera plant, 1/2 teaspoon each of lemon juice and rose water. Apply on leave on for 20 minutes. Then rinse with cool water and moisturize as needed.
Beauty-licious Banana, Avocado and Egg White
Skin type: Dry, Sensitive
Banana has amazing hydrating effects while avocado reaches the deepest layers of the epidermis and gives elasticity even to the driest skin. Studies have shown that egg proteins significantly contribute in maintaining the elasticity of skin and reducing fine lines.
Mash or blend the banana and avocado until smooth then mix in the egg white (from one egg). Apply and leave on for 15-20 minutes or longer for a deeper treatment. Then rinse with cool water and moisturize as needed.
Tip 1: Soak two cotton pads in freshly brewed green tea (or cooled teas bags) and place them on your eyes while enjoying your at home facial. This will de-puff tired eyes and tighten the delicate skin.
Tip 2: Fresh milk is a great way to cleanse the face before your facial. Take a cotton pad, soak in the milk and gently wipe the skin.
Pssst..you’re radiating already!